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Football: Lippi sees improvement in goal-shy China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Two games, two defeats and no goals scored in the past week, but coach Marcello Lippi says his China side “have made gains”.

The Italian World Cup winner suffered his heaviest loss since taking charge of China in the 4-0 home drubbing to Colombia on Tuesday, four days after falling 2-0 to Serbia.

Football: Lippi sees improvement in goal-shy China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Two games, two defeats and no goals scored in the past week, but coach Marcello Lippi says his China side “have made gains”.

The Italian World Cup winner suffered his heaviest loss since taking charge of China in the 4-0 home drubbing to Colombia on Tuesday, four days after falling 2-0 to Serbia.

Zheng Zhi, talisman behind Evergrande’s magnificent seven

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Shanghai (AFP) – Zheng Zhi is a rare species in football: a Chinese player who went to Europe and made a success of it.

And even as a 37-year-old veteran he is still making history, winning the Chinese Super League (CSL) for a ninth time after his side Guangzhou Evergrande retained the title on Sunday.

Zheng Zhi, talisman behind Evergrande’s magnificent seven

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Shanghai (AFP) – Zheng Zhi is a rare species in football: a Chinese player who went to Europe and made a success of it.

And even as a 37-year-old veteran he is still making history, winning the Chinese Super League (CSL) for a ninth time after his side Guangzhou Evergrande retained the title on Sunday.

Football: China dare to believe despite World Cup exit

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Beijing (AFP) – Marcello Lippi is slowly beginning to make China believe they can become a footballing power, despite another failure to reach the World Cup finals.

Since his appointment as head coach in October 2016 with China rock bottom of their Asian zone World Cup qualifying group, the Italian has presided over a resurgence that saw just one defeat in six matches, 1-0 away to runaway group winners Iran.

Football: China dare to believe despite World Cup exit

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Beijing (AFP) – Marcello Lippi is slowly beginning to make China believe they can become a footballing power, despite another failure to reach the World Cup finals.

Since his appointment as head coach in October 2016 with China rock bottom of their Asian zone World Cup qualifying group, the Italian has presided over a resurgence that saw just one defeat in six matches, 1-0 away to runaway group winners Iran.

Head coach Lippi tells ‘lucky’ China to keep believing

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Shanghai (AFP) – Marcello Lippi said his China side must improve and were lucky to snatch a late 1-0 home win over Uzbekistan to keep alive their slender World Cup hopes.

A Gao Lin penalty with six minutes left at an energised Wuhan Sports Center Stadium ensures that China’s wafer-thin chances of making Russia 2018 will go down to the final game on Tuesday at Qatar.

Head coach Lippi tells ‘lucky’ China to keep believing

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Shanghai (AFP) – Marcello Lippi said his China side must improve and were lucky to snatch a late 1-0 home win over Uzbekistan to keep alive their slender World Cup hopes.

A Gao Lin penalty with six minutes left at an energised Wuhan Sports Center Stadium ensures that China’s wafer-thin chances of making Russia 2018 will go down to the final game on Tuesday at Qatar.

China hails coach Lippi after upset win in World Cup qualifier

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Beijing (AFP) – Chinese fans and state-run media heaped praise on coach Marcello Lippi on Friday after a stunning win over South Korea kept their World Cup qualifying campaign alive.

“Thanks Lippi,” gushed state broadcaster CCTV, after China climbed off the bottom of Group A following Thursday’s 1-0 victory in Changsha.

China hails coach Lippi after upset win in World Cup qualifier

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Beijing (AFP) – Chinese fans and state-run media heaped praise on coach Marcello Lippi on Friday after a stunning win over South Korea kept their World Cup qualifying campaign alive.

“Thanks Lippi,” gushed state broadcaster CCTV, after China climbed off the bottom of Group A following Thursday’s 1-0 victory in Changsha.

Lippi’s China keep World Cup dream alive, Qatar slump

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Doha (AFP) – Marcello Lippi’s China stunned South Korea 1-0 in a politically charged World Cup qualifier on Thursday to give themselves a glimmer of hope of reaching next year’s tournament in Russia.

Yu Dabao stooped unmarked to head in the game’s only goal on 34 minutes, prompting rapturous celebrations as China registered their first win in the final group qualifying stage.

Lippi’s China keep World Cup dream alive, Qatar slump

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Doha (AFP) – Marcello Lippi’s China stunned South Korea 1-0 in a politically charged World Cup qualifier on Thursday to give themselves a glimmer of hope of reaching next year’s tournament in Russia.

Yu Dabao stooped unmarked to head in the game’s only goal on 34 minutes, prompting rapturous celebrations as China registered their first win in the final group qualifying stage.

Lippi’s China keep World Cup dream alive

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Changsha (China) (AFP) – Marcello Lippi’s China stunned South Korea 1-0 in a politically charged World Cup qualifier on Thursday to give themselves a glimmer of hope of reaching next year’s tournament in Russia.

Yu Dabao stooped unmarked to head in the game’s only goal on 34 minutes, prompting rapturous celebrations as China registered their first win in the final group qualifying stage.

Lippi’s China keep World Cup dream alive

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Changsha (China) (AFP) – Marcello Lippi’s China stunned South Korea 1-0 in a politically charged World Cup qualifier on Thursday to give themselves a glimmer of hope of reaching next year’s tournament in Russia.

Yu Dabao stooped unmarked to head in the game’s only goal on 34 minutes, prompting rapturous celebrations as China registered their first win in the final group qualifying stage.

Lippi says China’s World Cup dream still alive

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Beijing (AFP) Marcello Lippi said China's hopes of reaching the next World Cup aren't dead and buried yet after they were unlucky not to snatch all the points in his first game in charge.

China drew 0-0 with Qatar to remain bottom of Group A but Lippi took heart from a bright performance when the hosts twice hit the woodwork in Kunming.

Lippi says China’s World Cup dream still alive

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Beijing (AFP) Marcello Lippi said China's hopes of reaching the next World Cup aren't dead and buried yet after they were unlucky not to snatch all the points in his first game in charge.

China drew 0-0 with Qatar to remain bottom of Group A but Lippi took heart from a bright performance when the hosts twice hit the woodwork in Kunming.

Lippi down to business as China host Qatar

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Beijing (AFP) Marcello Lippi said China need to shed their "underdog" mentality as he faces a tough first game in charge a World Cup qualifier against Qatar which neither team dare lose.

While Lippi, who coached Italy to win the 2006 World Cup, admits rock-bottom China need a "miracle" if they are to reach Russia 2018, he said top priority was restoring their swagger.

Lippi down to business as China host Qatar

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Beijing (AFP) Marcello Lippi said China need to shed their "underdog" mentality as he faces a tough first game in charge a World Cup qualifier against Qatar which neither team dare lose.

While Lippi, who coached Italy to win the 2006 World Cup, admits rock-bottom China need a "miracle" if they are to reach Russia 2018, he said top priority was restoring their swagger.

China’s World Cup chances ‘worrying’ – Lippi

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Beijing (AFP) China's chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia are "not impossible but definitely worrying", new Italian coach Marcello Lippi said Friday.

The 68-year-old who led his own country to victory in the 2006 mondial was named the national team's new boss by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) over the weekend.

China’s World Cup chances ‘worrying’ – Lippi

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Beijing (AFP) China's chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia are "not impossible but definitely worrying", new Italian coach Marcello Lippi said Friday.

The 68-year-old who led his own country to victory in the 2006 mondial was named the national team's new boss by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) over the weekend.

‘China’s Real Madrid’ set sights on global market

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Beijing (AFP) Six league titles in a row and two Asian trophies along the way could be just the start for China's Guangzhou Evergrande, who have drawn comparisons with Real Madrid and Manchester United and are eyeing global recognition.

The team from the southern metropolis of Guangzhou have risen from obscurity and corruption to break new ground for Asian football, becoming China's first AFC Champions League winners in 2013.

‘China’s Real Madrid’ set sights on global market

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Beijing (AFP) Six league titles in a row and two Asian trophies along the way could be just the start for China's Guangzhou Evergrande, who have drawn comparisons with Real Madrid and Manchester United and are eyeing global recognition.

The team from the southern metropolis of Guangzhou have risen from obscurity and corruption to break new ground for Asian football, becoming China's first AFC Champions League winners in 2013.

Lippi ‘to net millions’ as China football coach

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Beijing (AFP) Marcello Lippi will earn almost $5 million a year as China coach but will pocket far more through a tie-in with a football academy, state media said Sunday.

The 68-year-old Italian was named boss of the national team by the Chinese Football Association on Saturday and has the tricky goal of steering the Asian giant to qualify for the 2018 World Cup a near impossible feat given recent losses to Uzbekistan and war-torn Syria.

Lippi ‘to net millions’ as China football coach

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Beijing (AFP) Marcello Lippi will earn almost $5 million a year as China coach but will pocket far more through a tie-in with a football academy, state media said Sunday.

The 68-year-old Italian was named boss of the national team by the Chinese Football Association on Saturday and has the tricky goal of steering the Asian giant to qualify for the 2018 World Cup a near impossible feat given recent losses to Uzbekistan and war-torn Syria.

Football: Ambitious China appoint Lippi

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Beijing (AFP) World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi was named China's new boss on Saturday at a time when the country's ambitions to become a footballing powerhouse have rarely looked more remote.

The appointment of the Italian one of the world's most decorated football coaches comes with China all but out of contention for the 2018 World Cup in Russia following embarrassing qualification losses to Syria and Uzbekistan.

Football: Ambitious China appoint Lippi

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Beijing (AFP) World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi was named China's new boss on Saturday at a time when the country's ambitions to become a footballing powerhouse have rarely looked more remote.

The appointment of the Italian one of the world's most decorated football coaches comes with China all but out of contention for the 2018 World Cup in Russia following embarrassing qualification losses to Syria and Uzbekistan.

Marcello Lippi – one of the world’s great coaches

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Milan (AFP) Italians with selective memories might remember Marcello Lippi as the coach who quit moments after the Azzurri's first-round elimination, as defending champions, from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

But for connoisseurs of the beautiful game the dapper 68-year-old is the wily tactician who, in 2006, ended Italy's 24-year wait to be crowned world champions again.

Marcello Lippi – one of the world’s great coaches

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Milan (AFP) Italians with selective memories might remember Marcello Lippi as the coach who quit moments after the Azzurri's first-round elimination, as defending champions, from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

But for connoisseurs of the beautiful game the dapper 68-year-old is the wily tactician who, in 2006, ended Italy's 24-year wait to be crowned world champions again.

China names Marcello Lippi for national team coach

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Beijing (AFP) Former World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been named to lead China's national side following the resignation of Gao Hongbo, the Chinese Football Association announced Saturday.

The appointment comes after World Cup qualifying losses by the men's team to Syria and Uzbekistan left the Asian giant with virtually no chance of qualifying for Russia 2018.

China names Marcello Lippi as national team coach

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Beijing (AFP) Former World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been named to lead China's national side following the resignation of Gao Hongbo, the Chinese Football Association announced Saturday.

The appointment comes after World Cup qualifying losses by the men's team to Syria and Uzbekistan left the Asian giant with virtually no chance of qualifying for Russia 2018.

China names Marcello Lippi as national team coach

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Beijing (AFP) Former World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been named to lead China's national side following the resignation of Gao Hongbo, the Chinese Football Association announced Saturday.

The appointment comes after World Cup qualifying losses by the men's team to Syria and Uzbekistan left the Asian giant with virtually no chance of qualifying for Russia 2018.

China names Lippi for national team coach

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Beijing (AFP) Former World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been named to lead China's national side following the resignation of Gao Hongbo, the Chinese Football Association announced Saturday.

The appointment comes after World Cup qualifying losses by the men's team to Syria and Uzbekistan left the Asian giant with virtually no chance of qualifying for Russia 2018.

China names Lippi for national team coach

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Beijing (AFP) Former World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been named to lead China's national side following the resignation of Gao Hongbo, the Chinese Football Association announced Saturday.

The appointment comes after World Cup qualifying losses by the men's team to Syria and Uzbekistan left the Asian giant with virtually no chance of qualifying for Russia 2018.

Marcello Lippi set for historic deal with Guangzhou

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Milan (AFP) Italy's Marcello Lippi could return to Chinese top flight side Guangzhou Evergrande on a three-year, 60 million euro ($67.6m) deal which would make him the world's highest-paid coach, reports said Thursday.

Former Italy and Juventus coach Lippi steered the Chinese giants to three consecutive Super League titles between 2012 and 2014.

Marcello Lippi set for historic deal with Guangzhou

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Milan (AFP) Italy's Marcello Lippi could return to Chinese top flight side Guangzhou Evergrande on a three-year, 60 million euro ($67.6m) deal which would make him the world's highest-paid coach, reports said Thursday.

Former Italy and Juventus coach Lippi steered the Chinese giants to three consecutive Super League titles between 2012 and 2014.

Club World Cup

Mid-Day Ticker: Lippi hints at retirement; More signs of potential Casillas exit; and more

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By DAN KARELL

After guiding Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande an Asian Cup title and a berth in this year's Club World Cup, head coach Marcello Lippi has hinted that it might be time for him to step back from the world of soccer management.

In an interview given to Italian paper La Repubblica in Rome, the former World Cup winner Lippi admitted that he plans to see out his contract with Guangzhou and it could be his last head coaching job.

Historias de un Mundial de Clubes: Marcello Lippi dirige al Guangzhou Evergrande

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El campeón de Asia, Guangzhou Evergrande, fundado en 1954, ya partió rumbo a Marruecos donde el 14 de diciembre enfrentarán al experimentado campeón egipcio, Al Ahly, en punto de las 10 AM tiempo de México.

Este club en 2010 se vio involucrado en arreglo de partidos y fue castigado al ser relegado a la Segunda División de su país.

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By Hiring Tim Sherwood As Tottenham Manager, Daniel Levy Takes Easy Way Out

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The appointment of Tim Sherwood as manager of Tottenham Hotspur could be the direct result of bigger names that chairman Daniel Levy fancied turning down the vacant manager's post. Following last Monday's sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, several big names were linked with the Spurs job. Midweek elimination at White Hart Lane from the League Cup at the hands of relegation threatened West Ham United very easily could have ended Sherwood's chances for a permanent appointment.

Qatari side Lekhwiya hit crossbar three times in three seconds during AFC Champions League match

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Lekhwiya SC hosted Guangzhou Evergrande in the second leg of their AFC Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday evening, hoping to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first match against Marcello Lippi's Chinese Super League champions.

Sadly, it wasn't to be for the Qatari outfit. They fell two goals down after sixteen minutes, and their dreadful luck was summed up midway through the first half when they managed to hit the crossbar three times in the space of three seconds.

Antonio Conte Wins Panchina d’Oro

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Juventus' Antonio Conte has won the Panchina d'Oro award as Serie A's best Coach for 2011-12.

Conte was voted the Golden Bench prize on Monday by his fellow managers after leading an unbeaten Juventus side, who had finished seventh in Serie A before his arrival, to the Scudetto. He is the first Juventus coach to win the award since Marcello Lippi (1995/1996)

"I'm emotional," the former midfielder stated at the ceremony at Coverciano.